Busy Week for Wright

The wide receiver position is LSU's biggest priority heading down the stretch and the Tiger coaching staff will host one of the top targets on the board this weekend when James Wright makes his official visit.

Over the course of the recruiting process it’s crucial that college coaches show prospective recruits how much they covet them in order to get their signature come signing day.


Newly crowned four-star wide receiver James Wright of Belle Chasse (La.) recently got a good feel for just how bad LSU wants him.


Not only did LSU head coach Les Miles and running backs coach Frank Wilson visit with Wright’s father in Dallas, Texas on Monday, but they made a quick turnaround to South Louisiana for their in-home visit with the rest of the family later that evening.


“That showed me how much they really want me because they did that all in one day,” said Wright.


The visit with his father went well and Wright said that his father got to ask the questions that he had regarding the education his son would receive as well as playing time opportunities that would help groom him for the NFL.


While Wright was not present for the meeting that took place in Dallas he was present when Miles and Wilson made their pitch later that night along with his mother and uncle.


“It went real good,” said Wright. “They came in and answered all of the questions. They had already answered mine but my mom had some questions about education and she was really just curious about a lot of stuff. She got the answers she was looking for too though.”


The answers that Wright alluded to centered on how he would be utilized in the Tigers’ offense. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has been the focal point of Belle Chasse’s offense the last three years as he amassed 2,521 yards and 39 touchdowns on 137 catches with 1,175 yards and 15 scores coming as a senior on 56 receptions.


“We’ve already talked plenty about playing time and they’ve told me from day one that I will have a chance to play early if I compete,” explained Wright. “Redshirting doesn’t matter to me but I at least want the opportunity to play.”


Wright should get that opportunity considering that LSU doesn’t have a true wide receiver committed for 2010 since the de-commitment of Justin Hunter. Add in the fact that the Tigers must replace Brandon LaFell who has moved on to the next stop in his career in the NFL and it’s easy to see why Wright is so highly coveted.


“They’ve explained it to me,” Wright said of the need for receivers in wake of the recent development with Hunter. “It makes them look a little better but I wasn’t ever worried about competition anyway.”


Wright, who is Scout.com’s No. 44 receiver in the country, will get more explanation on that matter this weekend when he makes his official visit to LSU. He’s already been to LSU numerous times over the past six months and has seen everything he needs to see. This trip appears to be more for his mother and father than anyone else.


“I’m just going to chill,” Wright said. “I’ve seen everything I need to see and I’m just going to hang with the players and coaches.”


What happens after this weekend remains to be seen as Texas Tech or Tennessee could potentially land an official visit the final weekend before signing day. But as of now, the LSU trip is the only official that Wright plans on taking.


Even if he doesn’t visit anywhere else, though, it could be some time before Tiger fans know of his decision.


“I’m pretty sure that I’m going to wait until signing day to let everyone know,” said Wright, who has visited Texas Tech unofficially but hasn’t yet been to Tennessee. “I’ll let the coaches know but I’ll keep everything else to me. Those are pretty much the only three schools left and I’m just going to keep everything as it’s been and look at my options.”


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